Back Pain / Interventional Procedures
Many Oklahomans are living with back pain in Tulsa. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor, miss work and inevitable leave people with a disability. Most people have back pain at least once in their life from various causes. Signs and symptoms of back pain may include:
- Muscle ache
- Shooting or stabbing pain
- Pain that radiates down your leg
- Limited flexibility or range of motion of the back
Back pain can come on suddenly and last less than six weeks (acute), which may be caused by a fall or heavy lifting. Back pain that lasts more than three months (chronic) is less common than acute pain. Access Pain Solutions is the number one place in Tulsa to treat chronic back pain.
Back pain often develops without a specific cause that your doctor can identify with a test or imaging study. Conditions commonly linked to back pain include:
Arthritis – A common cause of back pain, arthritis of the joints in the vertebrae (facet joints) usually develops as we age. The vertebral bones slowly degenerate over time and can pinch nerves or other supportive tissue to cause inflammation and back pain. Depending on the amount of degeneration and the location of arthritis, you may experience back pain in your low back, upper back, hips, as well as radicular symptoms in the legs.
Disc Disease – The cartilaginous discs between our vertebral bones degenerate as we age, resulting in a loss of disc space between the vertebrae. Spinal stability may decrease, and the vertebrae react by increasing bone growth (called bone spurs). These growths may put pressure on the spinal roots causing inflammation, or the spinal cord to cause back pain. Several treatments are available, depending on the location and amount of degeneration.
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) – Some patients may experience chronic back pain after surgery, aka post-laminectomy syndrome. The factors that contribute to FBSS include residual or recurrent disc herniations, scar tissue buildup, persistent compression on spinal nerves, & altered joint stability or mobility. Depending on the severity of condition, various treatments are available.
Fibromyalgia – Common syndrome where the person has whole body pain with “tender points” of pain in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. The cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown, but often mimics other chronic back pain problems. Triggers for Fibromyalgia may include emotional or physical trauma, infections, activity, weather, anxiety, or stress.
Muscle Pain – Muscle pain, aches, spasms, or tightness may result from damage to the muscles or nearby soft tissue. Pain may be perceived at a location other than the original stimulus (referred pain).
Radicular Nerve Pain – Peripheral nerves in the extremities may cause back pain if they are either inflamed or compressed when they enter the spinal column. Osteoarthritis or disc herniations may cause numbness/tingling, burning, or shooting pain from the spinal column down the affected extremity.
Vertebral Fractures – Stress fractures as a result of trauma or osteoarthritis of the vertebrae may lead to vertebral fractures. Symptoms of fractures vary greatly on the severity and location of the fracture but may include: achy and dull sensation, muscle weakness or spasms, numbness/tingling, or paralysis in severe cases.
Here at Access Pain Tulsa back pain we try to utilized many different ways to help treat back pain.
Cervical or Thoracic Catheter, Cervical or Thoracic Epidural Steriod Injections, Epidural Blood Patch, Lumbar Epidural Steriod Injections, Lumbar or Caudal Catheter, Racz Lysis of Epidural Adhesions, Cervical or Thoracic Selective Nerve Root Block, and Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
Paravertebral Occuring pain adjacent to vertebra or along spinal column.
Cervical Facet, Lumbar Facet, Cervical or Thoracic Disc or Subjective Postural Vertical Injections, Lumbar Disc or SPV Injections
Peripheral Nerves A network of 43 pairs of motor and sensory nerves contecting to the brain and spinal cord to the entire human body.
Brachial Plexus, Greater Occupial Nerver Block Single, Intercoastal Nerve Block Single, Intercoastal Nerve Block Multiple, Other Peripheral Nerves, Ilioinguinal and Hypogastric Plexus Nerve Block, Trigmeninal Nerve Block, and Sciatic Nerve Injections
Soft Tissue Joints
SCAR INFLTRTN INTRALSN, Injection THEP-LOC ANES-CARP TUN, Tendon/ Ligament/ Ganglion Cyst Injection, Small Bursa Joint Injection, INT Bursa Joint Injection, Major Bursa Joint Injection, Hardware Block/ INT Bursa, Hardware Block/Major Bursa, Trigger Point Injection, and SI Joint Single Injection with Imaging.
Sympathetic Nervous System
Celiac or Hypogastic Plexus Injection, Lumbar or Thoracic Sympathetic Block, and Sellate Gaglion
Spinal Cord Stimulators
Percutaneous Implant of Neurostimulator Electrode, Incision Place Neurostimulator, Revision or Removal Neuro Electrode, Revision or Removal Neuro Reciever, REPGM Spinal Cord Stimulator Complex, REPGM Spinal Cord Stimulator Simple, and Fluoro Guidance
Cervical Botox Injection, Radiofrequency Other Peripheral Nerve, Cervical Radiofrquency thermocoagulation, Thoracic Radiofrquency thermocoagulation, Radiofrequency Stellate, and Radiofrequency Celiac Plexus
Unlisted Procedure, Medical Testimony, Records of Review 1st hour, Special Reports, Lumbar or Thoracic Vertebroplasty, and SPV/ INT Vertebroplasty.
Pain can often be treated with minor electrical stimulation applied to the nerves. This modifies and blocks nerve activity, which can greatly reduce the number of pain receptors that reach the brain. All this is done without the need for invasive surgery or medication.
Although we do our best to avoid surgical procedures, we do recognize surgery as a treatment option when necessary. Surgery isn’t typically our first option, but if the pain does not subside after months of treatment we can make arrangements for the procedure and assist with the following recovery process.